Established players such as John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris have already been in and out of Verizon Center to work out with Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu and Chris McCullough, all of whom will head up the summer league roster in Las Vegas.
Free agency opens July 1 and while that goes on coach Scott Brooks and his staff will focus on mini-camp to prepare for the summer event.
Except this year instead of holding it at Verizon Center they’ll hold mini-camp at Las Vegas before playing their first game July 8 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.
President Ernie Grunfeld took the first step to reshaping the roster with acquiring Tim Frazier for the No. 52 pick in last week's draft to address the backup point guard need behind Wall.
Here's what needs to be addressed:
--Qualifying offers. They’ll need to extend them to keep Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic restricted free agents. Grunfeld will qualify both which basically gives the Wizards the first right of refusal in the market. But will he re-sign them immediately to take them off or allow them to bring back an offer sheet that he’ll have 48 hours to match? It’ll likely be the latter because the Wizards can exceed the cap to retain their own players exercising their Bird Rights.
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--Minicamp. Before summer league begins, there usually are a few players who won't make the final roster. Some are cut for performance, others leave because they're not receiving guaranteed money and found another option and are given release. It'll change a little.
--A shooter. There needs to be a reliable one behind Beal – a much better option than Marcus Thornton a year ago – but this player has to be acquired, it appears, in free agency. The trick is the Wizards don’t have a lot of cap room, especially after it is projected to lower from $102 million to $99 million.
--Contract options. The Wizards have to decide by October if they’ll pick up 2018-19 on McCullough and Kelly Oubre.
--Men in the middle. Marcin Gortat made his feelings known about his role in the offense and pondered out loud if he should/would play elsewhere. Grunfeld made it clear that he expects Gortat to remain. But the Wizards still have to figure out how to have him co-exist with Ian Mahinmi or is it redundancy? Neither is comfortable being out on an island constantly defending stretch bigs on switches.
--The schedule. The league will release it for all 30 teams in the first or second week of August. Training camp begins the following month. The Wizards likely will be in Richmond again on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
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